ADVOCACY & INFORMATION
Advocating for Washington Veterinarians
The WSVMA employs a legislative advocate who monitors year round the legislative issues and potential rule changes that affect each and every veterinarian. This allows an unmatched presence and influence for veterinarians in Olympia, within the legislature, and also within committee meetings and regulatory agencies affecting our profession. The WSVMA has saved WSVMA members over $5 million since 1985.
Public Relations for the Veterinary Profession
The WSVMA employs a public information director to work with media and increase public awareness of important topics as well as to promote veterinarians and the value of veterinary services. Additionally, the association’s public information director is a key reference for matters of business communications, employee relations, Washington public information laws and practices, and marketing and promotional ideas for individual practices.
Quick Answers to Tough Questions
A visit to the WSVMA website or one call to our helpline (800) 399-7862 or (425) 396-3191 can save you dozens of calls and valuable time. The WSVMA staff is a trained and available resource whenever you have a question or concern. If we can’t answer your question or direct your inquiry, we’ll do the research and get back to you, allowing you to spend time practicing medicine.
Timely E-Newsletter for Up-to-the-Minute News
Newswire, the WSVMA monthly electronic newsletter is sent out via email to members to keep you abreast of urgent issues as they arise. Sparks will inform and link you to the latest news and websites.
WSVMA.org – a Premier Veterinary Resource for WA Veterinarians
The WSVMA website provides the latest news, client resources, classifieds, events and information at the touch of a button. Through the Members Only log in, access resources on the topics of animal welfare, public health, practice management and wellness. New grads and students have a dedicated section of the website with resources pertinent to being a new doctor. Members update personal information, renew dues, and register online for continuing education.
Annual Member Services Directory
Published annually, this highly valued directory is provided free to members. It contains contact information of all veterinarians in Washington along with frequently requested phone numbers of various agencies and entities. It’s the most utilized publication among Washington veterinarians.
Cutting Edge Continuing Education
The WSVMA provides cutting edge continuing education to help members stay abreast of the latest advances in veterinary medicine. WSVMA members receive significantly lower rates than non-members to attend quality continuing education programs provided each year by the association.
Client Brochures that Educate and Inform
The WSVMA publishes brochures for you to share with your clients such as Spay & Neuter, If You Lose a Pet, Infectious Diseases, and more. Download them off the WSVMA website or order a pack of 25 from the WSVMA office.
Urgent Issue Broadcasts
WSVMA members receive timely information on high priority issues including pet food recalls, disease alerts, and other emergencies. Through our blast fax and email service, WSVMA members can stay abreast of important issues necessary to practice successfully.
WSVMA Guide to Veterinary Law
Have you wondered how long you must keep your records? Or wondered whether you’re protected if reporting animal abuse? A new dedicated section of the WSVMA website will have links, FAQs and resources on veterinary legal issues. Organized by topic, members will be able to go online and find information on licensing, veterinary practice, pharmacy issues, animal laws, business resources, employer resources, hazardous waste information and more.
Members receive confidential help for personal issues through the WSVMA-endorsed Washington Physician’s Health Program. Such issues may include and are not limited to depression, anxiety or substance abuse.
CAREER ASSISTANCE & ADVANCEMENT
Find a Vet and WSVMA Referral Service
When clients contact WSVMA or visit Find-a-Vet on the WSVMA website, we promote WSVMA member veterinarians and specialists in their geographical area.
Classifieds and Career Center
Place ads to find employment, hire veterinarians, sell equipment or buy a practice. WSVMA members receive a discount on all ads placed in Insight Magazine and on the WSVMA website.
Veterinary Career Network (VCN)
Members looking for employment can conduct a free nationwide search by position, species, and location and receive valuable advice. Employers can post ads on this nationwide website for $99 for veterinary positions and $60 for staff positions for 30 days. Access the Veterinary Career Network (VCN) through the WSVMA website.
Free Ad for Relief Veterinarians
Relief veterinarians who are members receive a free ad in each issue of Insight Magazine making it easier for members to find timely help on short notice or long-term help for an illness or extended travel.
Leadership and Career Advancement Opportunities
Whether it’s volunteering for a task force or serving on the WSVMA Executive Board, opportunities to develop your leadership skills are a member benefit that will help you advance personally and professionally.
SAVINGS & DISCOUNTS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL VETERINARIAN
Discounted Legal Services
WSVMA Members receive a 10 percent discount on attorney fees.
Employment Contract Review Service
WSVMA members who have graduated within the last three years receive one hour at no charge for employment contract review by Karl Salzsieder, DVM, JD, of Salzsieder Consulting & Legal Services, LLC, a nationally recognized expert in veterinary and practice law. After the first complimentary hour, a discount of 50% on current hourly rates applies.
Financial Strategies Planning
Complimentary consultation plus reduced rate package for financial planning services. McCoy Foat Wealth Management Group provides expert guidance on how to improve your personal finances i.e. debt management, budgeting, investment strategies, tax-minimizing strategies, as well as retirement and estate planning. McCoy Foat Wealth Management Group provides fee-based financial planning with no product attachment.
Young Professionals Financial Planning for New Grads and Students
This is a special program for grads the first two years out of school. Two complimentary consulting sessions are provided to help you with budgeting, debt management, and risk management with an overview of employee benefits that can be expected in private vs. corporate practice. Planning on owning a home, purchasing a practice or need general financial advice? McCoy Foat Wealth Management Group can help.
How well are you prepared if you suffer an accident, illness or injury and are unable to work? What situation would your love ones or your practice be left in if there was premature death? You owe it to yourself to look into protection for the one thing that makes all the other planning possible: your ability to earn an income. Contact Jeff Bynum at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America for information on how to protect your income and practice from sickness and injury.
VetMed Resource by CABI Discount
Vet Med Resource is the world’s most comprehensive collection of veterinary information with over 1 million bibliographic records from the acclaimed CAB Abstracts database, countless new research articles, prepared searches and an extensive glossary. There is no simpler way to directly access the information you need to provide the best service to your clients. Practices that have up to four doctors, pay $299 for an annual membership. Practices with five doctors and more pay $499 for an annual membership. This is a $200 savings off of their standard pricing.
Discounts from Cabela’s Corporate Outfitters
WSVMA has arranged discounts for members on hunting, fishing and outdoor gear by Cabela’s, the “world’s foremost outfitter.” The discount level ranges from 0 -10% and is based off of the annual sales volume. The more gear that’s purchased under our account, the greater the discount.
Discounts on Home and Auto Insurance
Liberty Mutual offers 10% discounts on insurance for the home and 5% on auto insurance in addition to industry standard discounts. Agent Michelle Paul offers personalized service and understands the challenges of the veterinary schedule. She will always meet you at your convenience.
Magazine Subscription Discounts
Through the WSVMA program, you can save up to 50% off the usual rates on popular magazines for yourself, your office, and your gift giving needs. The same low rates apply to new subscriptions and renewals.
Hertz Car Rental Discounts
WSVMA has negotiated a new program that will offer you discounts on upgrades and rental car agreements. Please contact the WSVMA office for your own Hertz discount card or contact Hertz directly.
Custom Imprinting for Cards, Stationary and Magnets
Paws to Remember, a division of Stroke of the Heart, Inc. offers a 10 percent discount to members on pet sympathy cards and office notes.
BENEFITS & SERVICES FOR YOUR PRACTICE
WSVMA Group Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage – NEW!
The WSVMA has teamed up with the Affiliated Associations of America (AAOA) to bring members an association plan for veterinary practices. Through the WSVMA’s partnership with AAOA, member veterinarians and their staff have access to group medical, dental and vision coverage. AAOA brings the advantages of large group plans to smaller employers with a fixed administrative approach to healthcare. AAOA also offers other benefits such as travel discounts and business services.
WSVMA Performance Analytics
WSVMA has partnered with the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) to make available three outstanding performance resources. Proven benchmarking tools that can help you improve practice performance include the Personalized Fee Guide, Practice Diagnostic Report and the Client Satisfaction Survey and Report. Tools range in price from $125 – $375. Contact the WSVMA office for more information.
Low Rate Credit Card Processing
Since 1995, Bancard USA has provided WSVMA members continued low rates on credit card processing as well as excellent service.
Card Same as Cash Programs
Bancard USA offers a 90 days same-as-cash program with no credit underwriting. Clients simply write checks for 30, 60, and 90 days from the date of transaction and Bancard USA will guarantee all checks.
I.C. System Account Collections
Increase your cash flow, reduce collection expense, and increase your profitability.
On-Hold Specialists Discounts
On Hold Specialists works with veterinary clinics and groups all over the nation and specializes in writing customized on-hold programs for veterinary practices. They keep-up with the latest trends in veterinary medicine and help practice managers with ideas to keep their on-hold programs fresh, topical and relevant. WSVMA members are also eligible to receive discounts of $100 on new, state-of-the-art, digital players that will allow you to receive your on-hold messages via email. Best of all there are no contracts and no monthly fees as work is done on an “as needed” basis. Download the latest worksheet.
Website Design and Hosting Services for veterinary practices
Officite specializes in designing and maintaining websites for the medical profession. Officite delivers customized, professional medical websites that are easy to set-up, easy to maintain and most importantly, effective at attracting new patients.
Tamper-resistant Rx pads and laser paper
The WSVMA has partnered with Rx Security to provide member discounts, easy ordering and expedient shipping on tamper-resistant prescription pads and laser paper. WSVMA members will receive a 15% discount on all products. The Washington State Board of Pharmacy passed a new requirement that all prescribers must use approved tamper-resistant prescription paper or pads (TRPP) for prescriptions delivered to a pharmacy beginning July 1, 2010. The new law does not affect prescriptions given to the pharmacy by telephone, by electronic transmission, by fax, or for in-patient care. Rx Security is located in New York and is a leading supplier of counterfeit-resistant prescription pads. They are a Department of Health approved supplier.
Staples Business Advantage Discounts
Fantastic cost savings and convenient online ordering exclusively through StaplesLink.com. You’ll enjoy faster access to more products, plus an array of value-added services from Staples to make supplying your office easier.
PRNewsWire – Media Coverage
The WSVMA subscribes to a press release distribution service available to all members when important matters or changes in your practice occur and you want it known by all media in Washington. Charges are nominal and the service features a tracking ability.
Reputation.com helps individuals and businesses control their online reputations, promote their brands, and protect their privacy. Reputation.com for Business not only allows you to track and improve reviews across the Internet but lets you control what people find out about you and your practice.